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This week, Digital Minister Matthew Hancock MP sets out Government’s ambition to make the UK a world-leader in tech; the Government considers the role of the ECJ in a Brexit transition phase; and a former head of GCHQ warns against back doors for encryption. techUK is also pleased to announce its strategic partnership with NHS Digital. No signs of anything slowing down as we approach the summer recess!

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Top Tech Policy News

Digital Minister sets out ambition to make UK global tech hub (City AM)
Matthew Hancock MP says UK can be best place to start and grow a digital business, following his major broadband announcement last week.

Government considering role of ECJ during Brexit transition (FT £)
In response to calls from business groups including techUK, First Secretary of State Damian Green MP claims transition period could retain some ECJ oversight.

Former head of GCHQ warns against creating "back doors" to encryption (BBC)
Robert Hannigan says close working between industry and security services more effective than creating vulnerabilities in fight against terrorism.

Corbyn: Citizens must be equipped with skills to embrace tech revolution (BBC)
Setting out plans for Labour’s National Education Service, Labour leader emphasises need for investment in digital skills and lifelong learning.


techUK Action & Reaction

techUK and NHS Digital announce strategic partnership (Digital Health)
techUK to provide forum enabling digital transformation of health and social care by facilitating greater industry collaboration.

techUK President on what London needs from its CDO (Guardian)
Jacqueline de Rojas says CDO must enhance London’s public services, including through use of open data.

Tech continues to be at heart of Foreign Direct Investment (techUK)
Our Head of Policy for Exiting the European Union discusses impact of Brexit on investment and importance of the European Investment Fund for tech.

Tech will play important role in tackling modern slavery (techUK)
Conference co-hosted by techUK examines role technology has played in increasing supply chain transparency but further international collaboration required.


More News & Comment

Taylor Review highlights role tech in meeting ambition for "good work" (Gov.uk)

City of London calls for 'digital skills visa' (FT £)

Government awards academics £16m for 5G trial network (ComputerWeekly)

techUK members on Most Influential Women in IT longlist (ComputerWeekly)


Upcoming Events - View full events calendar

July 27 - Opportunities & Challenges for Mid-Tier Tech Companies

Sept 14 - techUK Public Services 2030 Conference


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